Year-By-Year Summaries (2000s)

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM The 2002 Green Wave posted an 8-5 record and defeated Hawai'i in the inaugural Hawai'i Bowl in Honolulu.
The 2002 Green Wave posted an 8-5 record and defeated Hawai'i in the inaugural Hawai'i Bowl in Honolulu.

2000 (6-5, 3-4 C-USA)
Head Coach: Chris Scelfo

With victories in its last three games, Tulane ended its 2000 campaign by posting the program's third winning season in the last four years.

Following a 49-20 loss to Ole Miss that turned on a controversial interception, the Green Wave dropped a 37-17 decision at C-USA foe East Carolina while playing without quarterback Patrick Ramsey. In a critical contest vs. SMU, Tulane posted a 29-17 victory behind the passing of Ramsey (34-50, 347 yards), the running of freshman Mewelde Moore (104 yards) and the kicking of Seth Marler (three FGs).

The next week, Tulane held off Cincinnati to even its record at 2-2 as Moore passed the 100-yard mark for the third straight game. The Green Wave went to UL-Lafayette and prevailed by a single point as Roxie Shelvin blocked the potential game-tying PAT with under four minutes remaining.

A pair of losses dropped the Wave's record below .500 just in time for a visit to C-USA leader Louisville. Tulane battled the Cardinals to the final play before succumbing 35-32.

Tulane returned home for its final three contests. First, the Wave demolished Houston 41-23 as Ramsey hit four different receivers with touchdown passes and senior Adrian Burnette tallied 112 receiving yards. In the next game, Ramsey tied the school record with five touchdown passes and threw for 380 yards as Tulane topped Navy 50-38.

With a winning season riding on the season finale with Memphis, Tulane put together its best all-around performance of the year, dominating offensively and defensively to finish 6-5.

Ramsey finished the season with four straight 300-yard passing games. Offensive tackle Bernard Robertson and punter Casey Roussel picked up third team All-America honors and Moore's 890 rushing yards were the most by a Tulane back since 1970 and the highest total ever for a freshman. He was named Conference USA Freshman of the Year.

Date  Opponent                Location            Tul/Opp  Score  Result  Attendance
S2    at Ole Miss             Oxford, Miss.        NR/18   20-49    L     46,847
S16   at East Carolina*       Greenville, N.C.             17-37    L     38,517
S23   at SMU                  Dallas, Texas                29-17    W     26,375
S30   Cincinnati*             New Orleans, La.             24-19    W     22,446
O7    at UL-Lafayette         Lafayette, La.               38-37    W     20,113
O14   Southern Miss*          New Orleans, La.     NR/16   24-56    L     27,645
O21   at Army*                West Point, N.Y.             17-21    L     40,107
O28   at Louisville*          Louisville, Ky.              32-35    L     30,387
N4    Houston*                New Orleans, La.             41-23    W     16,785
N11   Navy                    New Orleans, La.             50-38    W     20,081
N18   Memphis*                New Orleans, La.             37-14    W     17,269

2001 (3-9, 1-6 C-USA)
Head Coach: Chris Scelfo

Running back Mewelde Moore, quarterback Patrick Ramsey and kicker Seth Marler rewrote large sections of the Green Wave football record book as Tulane fielded one of its most explosive offensive units in 2001. The fireworks on the Tulane side of the scoreboard could not produce a winning season as Chris Scelfo's third Tulane team finished 3-9.

Moore, Tulane's first 1,000-yard rusher in over 50 years, broke Eddie Price's single-season record by rushing for 1,421 yards. He also became the first player in the history of NCAA Division I-A to rush for more than 1,250 yards and catch more than 60 passes in a season. Against Cincinnati, he set the Tulane and Conference USA single game records for rushing yards with 249, and against Navy, he became the first Tulane player to tally 100 rushing (131) and receiving (130) yards in the same game.

Ramsey set career marks for TD passes, completions, attempts and passing yards. After the season, he was named a National Scholar Athlete by the National Football Foundation/College Football Hall of Fame.

Marler received the Lou Groza Award as the nation's outstanding kicker as he connected on 15 of 16 field goal attempts and was named to several All-America teams, including Tulane's first first-teamer since 1987.

The Green Wave's three wins were by decisive margins over Southern (41-7), TCU (48-22) and Navy (42-28).

Defensively, the Green Wave was led by safety Adrian Mitchell's 138 tackles and Lynaris Elpheage's three interceptions.

Date  Opponent                Location            Tul/Opp  Score  Result  Attendance
A25   at BYU                  Provo, Utah                  35-70    L     49,008
S1    at LSU                  Baton Rouge, La.     NR/14   17-48    L     91,782
S8    East Carolina*          New Orleans, La.             24-51    L     19,027
S22   UCF                     New Orleans, La.             29-36    L     17,497
S29   Southern                New Orleans, La.             41-7     W     41,319
O6    at Cincinnati*          Cincinnati, Ohio             33-46    L     20,091
O13   TCU*                    New Orleans, La.             48-22    W     18,778
O20   at UAB*                 Birmingham, Ala.             27-34    L     16,291
O27   at Army*                West Point, N.Y.             35-42    L     35,281
N3    Louisville*             New Orleans, La.             7-52     L     19,369
N10   at Navy                 Annapolis, Md.               42-28    W     31,456
N17   at Southern Miss*       Hattiesburg, Miss.           6-59     L     24,054

2002 (8-5, 4-4 C-USA)
Head Coach: Chris Scelfo

An aggressive and opportunistic defense, superior special teams play and a young offense that came together behind new quarterback J.P. Losman and star running back Mewelde Moore, propelled Tulane to just its second eight-plus win season since 1979.

The season culminated with a pair of upset victories as the Green Wave dominated Southern Miss, 31-10, in the regular season finale, earning a trip to the Hawai'i Bowl to meet Hawai'i on ESPN.

The heavily favored Warriors jumped out to a 14-0 lead and enjoyed a 14-6 halftime advantage before MVP Lynaris Elpheage returned two third-quarter punts - the first for a 60-yard touchdown and the second for 56 yards to set up another score - that turned the game around. Tulane took a 20-14 lead that it would not relinquish. The Wave defense collected eight sacks and forced three turnovers while Losman scored a pair of rushing touchdowns and Moore ran for 116 yards in a 38-26 win.

To get to Hawai'i, the Green Wave overcame a brutal opening stretch that included three straight Conference USA road games. TU went 2-3 over the first month of the season with victories over Southern and Houston before falling to East Carolina and Memphis on the road, and to No. 3 Texas in the Superdome.

Tulane rebounded in October, ripping off four straight victories beginning with a 52-9 win at Louisiana-Monroe as the Green Wave defense did not allow a touchdown for the first time since 1997. A pair of victories over C-USA foes Cincinnati and UAB followed before Navy came to New Orleans for the homecoming game at Tad Gormley Stadium in City Park. In Tulane's first outdoor home game since 1974, Losman tied the school record with five TD passes and Moore broke the Green Wave career rushing record before a sellout crowd of 28,123.

Moore finished his junior season as just the second player in school history to post back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons. The Green Wave defense led the nation in turnovers gained while surrendering just 21.7 points per game.

Date  Opponent                Location            Tul/Opp  Score  Result  Attendance
A31   Southern                New Orleans, La.             37-19    W     40,337
S7    at Houston*             Houston, Texas               34-13    W     16,307
S14   at East Carolina*       Greenville, N.C.             20-24    L     35,300
S21   at Memphis*             Memphis, Tenn.               10-38    L     32,120
S28   Texas                   New Orleans, La.     NR/3    0-49     L     46,678
O5    at UL-Monroe            Monroe, La.                  52-9     W     11,645
O12   Cincinnati*             New Orleans, La.             35-17    W     19,575
O19   UAB*                    New Orleans, La.             35-14    W     19,343
O26   Navy (TG)               New Orleans, La.             51-30    W     28,123
N9    at TCU*                 Fort Worth, Texas            10-17    L     27,694
N16   Army*                   New Orleans, La.             10-14    L     19,421
N23   Southern Miss*          New Orleans, La.             31-10    W     21,832
D25   at Hawai'i	              Honolulu, Hawaii             36-28    W     35,513

2003 (5-7, 3-5 C-USA)
Head Coach: Chris Scelfo

Behind quarterback J.P. Losman and running back Mewelde Moore, Chris Scelfo's fifth team sprinted out to a 3-1 record before injuries decimated the Green Wave defense. A five-game losing streak in the middle of the season derailed Tulane's chances at a winning season, although the Wave came back to win two of its last three games. A narrow 28-14 road defeat at the hands of eventual Conference USA champion Southern Miss, in a game that hinged on a touchdown off a fake field goal attempt, kept the Green Wave from .500.

Tulane opened the season versus defending league champ TCU on ESPN. After falling behind 31-7, the Green Wave staged a thrilling comeback that fell just short in a 38-35 loss.

The Wave then won its next three contests. First, Losman hit Moore with a 23-yard TD to give Tulane an overtime victory over Northwestern State in the first night game at Tad Gormley Stadium. A week later versus Mississippi State, Barrett Pepper kicked a 32-yard field goal with six seconds left to cap a 17-point fourth-quarter comeback to give Tulane its first win over an SEC team in 25 games. Finally, Tulane defeated Army at West Point, 50-33, as Losman posted his fourth-straight 300-yard passing game.

Moore broke the Conference USA rushing record in the Texas game a week later, but the No. 14 Longhorns dominated the Green Wave, 63-18. Tulane then suffered a 45-42 defeat to Houston in the Homecoming game at Tad Gormley.

The losing streak continued at Louisville, where the Wave fell 47-28 in an ESPN contest, and at home versus Memphis. Each week new players were moved to the defensive line, where the Wave lost nearly two full sets of players to injury. A game at Navy brought Tulane's fifth consecutive loss, and the loss of Moore for the season with a broken hand.

Tulane broke the streak with a 38-24 win at UAB. The defense came up with four turnovers, Losman threw three touchdown passes, while Jovon Jackson gained 183 yards and scored two touchdowns, including one on an 85-yard run to seal the win.

The next week, Tulane gave up 17 first-quarter points to Southern Miss before fighting back. A Losman-Bush hook-up made the score 20-14, but USM put the game away on a 34-yard touchdown pass on a fake field goal attempt. Tulane ended the season on a bright note with a 28-18 win over East Carolina.

In the end, Moore left Tulane with 25 school and league rushing and all-purpose records while receiver Roydell Williams posted a 1,000-yard receiving season. Four defenders finished with more than 100 tackles, led by safety Tra Boger, as the Wave started 11 different lineups on defense during the year.

Date  Opponent                Location            Tul/Opp  Score  Result  Attendance
S1    TCU*                    New Orleans, La.     NR/25   35-38    L     28,966
S6    Northwestern State (TG) New Orleans, La.             27-24    W     25,116
S13   Mississippi State       New Orleans, La.             31-28    W     33,723
S20   at Army*                West Point, N.Y.             50-33    W     27,024
S27   at Texas                Austin, Texas        NR/14   18-63    L     83,120
O11   Houston* (TG)           New Orleans, La.             42-45    L     27,420
O17   at Louisville*          Louisville, Ky.              28-47    L     38,119
O25   Memphis*                New Orleans, La.             9-41     L     19,357
N1    at Navy                 Annapolis, Md.               17-35    L     27,417
N8    at UAB*                 Birmingham, Ala.             38-24    W     14,213
N15   at Southern Miss*       Hattiesburg, Miss.           14-28    L     26,987
N22   East Carolina*          New Orleans, La.             28-18    W     19,226

2004 (5-6, 3-5 C-USA)
Head Coach: Chris Scelfo

A three-game November winning streak and four victories in its last six contests lifted Tulane to its second straight five-win season in 2004. Along the way, the Green Wave upset a pair of bowl-bound teams and went on the road to defeat the defending Conference USA champions.

With a new starting quarterback in Lester Ricard, a defensive line made up of underclassmen, and faced with the task of replacing all-time rushing and all-purpose yardage leader Mewelde Moore, the Green Wave started slowly. In September, a home win over Florida A&M, highlighted by a three-touchdown, 134-yard rushing day by Jovon Jackson, was sandwiched between losses to Mississippi State and Southern Miss.

After falling at East Carolina on a last-second field goal, Tulane dropped a 49-24 decision at Memphis to fall to 1-4 on the season. However, on Homecoming at Tad Gormley Stadium, the Green Wave offense put on a show and the defense came up with critical stops as Tulane outscored UAB, 59-55. Ricard completed 36-of-49 passes for 417 yards and a school-record six touchdowns, three of which went to Roydell Williams, who caught 11 passes for 138 yards on the day. Chris Bush caught a pair of touchdown passes, including the game-winner with 27 seconds left.

Tulane lost at Houston, but returned home for its most impressive performance of the season, a 42-10 domination of bowl-bound Navy. Ricard was uncanny, completing 18-of-19 passes for 323 yards and four scores.

A week later versus Army, the Green Wave got 216 rushing yards and three TDs from freshman Matt Forté, and held on for a 45-31 win despite losing Ricard to a broken wrist.

With Ricard sidelined, freshman Richard Irvin provided the heroics the next week as Tulane upset defending C-USA champ TCU in Fort Worth, 35-31. Irvin completed 22-of-37 passes for 282 yards and five TDs, while Bush caught six passes for 136 yards and two scores, including a 12-yarder with 43 seconds left that gave Tulane the win. Williams broke the school and league records for career touchdown catches in the game.

Although the Wave was unable to slow No. 7 Louisville a week later in a game rescheduled from earlier in the season due to Hurricane Ivan, the 2004 season provided a promising glimpse of things to come.

Date  Opponent                Location            Tul/Opp  Score  Result  Attendance
S4    at Mississippi State    Starkville, Miss.            7-28     L     52,114
S11   Florida A&M             New Orleans, La.             39-19    W     23,214
S25   Southern Miss*          New Orleans, La.             14-32    L     27,211
O9    at East Carolina*       Greenville, N.C.             25-27    L     29,584
O16   at Memphis*             Memphis, Tenn.               24-49    L     32,897
O23   UAB (TG)*               New Orleans, La.             59-55    W     22,541
O30   at Houston*             Houston, Texas               3-24     L     17,204
N6    Navy                    New Orleans, La.             42-10    W     21,484
N13   Army*                   New Orleans, La.             45-31    W     20,357
N27   at TCU*                 Fort Worth, Texas            35-31    W     24,362
D4    Louisville*             New Orleans, La.     NR/7    7-55     L     22,169

2005 (2-9, 1-5 C-USA)
Head Coach: Chris Scelfo

Spirits were high when the 2005 team met in August to begin preseason practice. After all, the squad returned 44 letterwinners and 17 starters from the team of a year ago.

But before the Green Wave took a single snap against outside competition, life chenged for the team, the University and the Greater New Orleans Area as Hurricane Katrina forced the cancellation of the fall semester.

After an evacuation to Jackson, Miss., a pitstop in Dallas and a relocation to Ruston, La., the Green Wave lived the life of nomads as Tulane played 11 games in 11 weeks in 11 different stadiums while going 2-9.

The Green Wave played hard in the opener against Mississippi State, but with the score knotted at 14-all, a fourth-quarter fumble led to a Bulldog score with 7:44 left to play.

The squad bounced back well the following week at SMU, as Lester Ricard completed 22 of 34 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns as the Green Wave dumped SMU in the C-USA opener for both teams. A week later, Tulane defeated Southeastern Louisiana, but that would be the final victory of the year for the boys in olive and blue.

The Green Wave never gave in to its opponents or its circumstances, but in the end, injuries to key personnel and the effects of being dislocated by the storm finally caught up with the team.

Ricard led the team with 1,932 yards through the air, Matt Forté paced the club with 655 yards rushing, and Preston Brown enjoyed a break-through season at wideout where he snared 47 passes for 720 yards and six touchdowns.

On defense, Anthony Cannon posted his fourth straight 100-yard tackle season (114), while Tra Boger led the way with three interceptions.

Date  Opponent                Location            Tul/Opp  Score  Result  Attendance
S17   Mississippi State       Shreveport, La.              14-21    L     16,421
S24   at SMU*                 Dallas, Texas                31-10    W     15,681
O1    Southeastern Louisiana  Baton Rouge, La.             28-21    W     16,826
O8    Houston*                Lafayette, La.               14-35    L     15,454
O14   UTEP*                   Ruston, La.                  21-45    L     13,153
O22   at UCF*                 Orlando, Fla.                24-34    L     15,009
O29   Marshall*               Mobile, Ala.                 26-27    L     13,290
N5    at Navy                 Annapolis, Md.               21-49    L     33,608
N12   at Rice*                Houston, Texas               34-42    L     9,162
N19   Tulsa*                  Monroe, La.                  14-38    L     10,306
N26   at Southern Miss*       Hattiesburg, Miss.           7-26     L     28,730

2006 (4-6, 2-5 C-USA)
Head Coach: Chris Scelfo

Chris Scelfo's final year at Tulane was an up-and-down season. After spending the entire 2005 campaign away from its uptown campus because of damage brought on by Hurricane Katrina, the Green Wave returned home for the 2006 season. However, Tulane was once again forced to play 12 games during a 12-week stretch.

The Wave opened the season with a dismal showing at Houston, but rebounded with a convincing, 32-29, victory at Mississippi State the following week. Tulane and LSU renewed their rivalry with the first of 10 straight meetings. In the first game between the two schools in five years, the Tigers topped the Wave, 49-7.

Tulane played its first home game in the Superdome since 2004 when it hosted SMU in the opener. The Greenies battled back and took a late lead, but the Mustangs returned the ensuing kick-off for a touchdown to seize control of the game and Tulane dropped to 1-3.

The following weeks, Tulane cruised past eventual New Orleans Bowl participant Rice, 38-24, but fell at UTEP. Tulane's offense moved the ball at will at No. 8 Auburn, but, suffered three turnovers inside the red zone and could not recover in a 38-13 loss.

Tulane returned home and dispatched Army, 42-28, on homecoming behind quarterback Lester Ricard, who passed for 409 yards and three scores.

The Wave gave Marshall a tough fight on the road and the game was tied, 21-21, heading into the fourth quarter. However, Tulane lost the services of leading rusher Matt Forté for the season when he suffered a season-ending injury making a tackle following a TU interception. Without Forte in the lineup, Marshall scored 21 unanswered points and prevailed, 42-21.

Tulane managed a 1-2 record to finish the season, including a victory over UCF. Scelfo became the school's career leader for most games coached during the season, but was relieved of his coaching duties shortly after the final game at Tulsa.

Date  Opponent                Location            Tul/Opp  Score  Result  Attendance
S9    at Houston*             Houston, Texas               7-45     L     16,506
S16   at Mississippi State    Starkville, Miss.            32-29    W     38,130
S23   at LSU                  Baton Rouge, La.     NR/10   7-49     L     92,135
S30   SMU*                    New Orleans, La.             28-33    L     21,565
O7    Rice*                   New Orleans, La.             38-24    W     15,064
O14   at UTEP*                El Paso, Texas               20-34    L     35,930
O21   at Auburn               Auburn, Ala.         NR/8    13-38    L     79,837
O28   Army                    New Orleans, La.             42-28    W     21,053
N4    at Marshall*            Huntington, W.Va.            21-42    L     25,128
N11   Southern Miss*          New Orleans, La.             3-31     L     21,687
N18   UCF*                    New Orleans, La.             10-9     W     15,341
N24   at Tulsa*               Tulsa, Okla.                 3-38     L     15,502

2007 (4-8, 3-5 C-USA)
Head Coach: Bob Toledo

A new era in Tulane football began in 2007 with first-year head coach Bob Toledo taking over the reins of the Green Wave program. Toledo brought with him a proven West Coast offense and a resume full of success, but the season belonged to one player-- Matt Forté. Forté mesmerized defenses with his running ability and gave the Tulane faithful an once-in-a-lifetime experience throughout the season.

Forté galloped for a Tulane single-season records with 2,127 yards and 23 touchdowns on 361 carries while ranking second on the team with 32 receptions for another 282 yards through the air. His rushing total and 177.2 rushing yards per game average ranked second in the NCAA in 2007, and he also ranked second nationally in scoring with 11.7 points per game. Forté's 2,127 rushing yards marked the seventh-best single-season rushing total in NCAA history and he became the 11th all-time player in to surpass 2,000 rushing yards in one season. He registered eight games with 100-plus yards, including three 200-plus yard games and two 300-plus yards contests.

Despite Forté's heroic efforts, Tulane opened the season with a 1-5 record before Forte ran for a school and Conference USA single games record 342 yards and scored four touchdowns, including the game winner in overtime, to down SMU in Dallas, 41-34.

Tulane won two of its final three games of the year, including convincing wins over UTEP and Rice in back-to-back games, but dropped heartbreakers to Army (in overtime), UAB and Memphis by a combined nine points.

Date  Opponent                Location            Tul/Opp  Score  Result  Attendance
S8    Mississippi State       New Orleans, La.             17-38    L     31,076
S15   Houston*                New Orleans, La.             10-34    L     21,311
S22   Southeastern Louisiana  New Orleans, La.             35-27    W     17,611
S29   LSU                     New Orleans, La.     NR/2    9-34     L     58,769
O6    at Army (OT)            West Point, N.Y.             17-20    L     30,022
O13   at UAB*                 Birmingham, Ala.             21-26    L     24,144
O20   at SMU* (OT)            Dallas, Texas                41-34    W     14,901
O27   Memphis*                New Orleans, La.             27-28    L     23,267
N3    Tulsa*                  New Orleans, La.             25-49    L     15,271
N10   UTEP*                   New Orleans, La.             34-19    W     15,479
N17   at Rice*                Houston, Texas               45-31    W     11,539
N24   at East Carolina*       Greenville, N.C.             12-35    L     35,362

2008 (2-10, 1-7 C-USA)
Head Coach: Bob Toledo

A season with a promising 2-2 start ended in disappointment as injuries decimated the Green Wave in 2008 and the team fi nished with a mark of 2-10. Tulane stayed toe-to-toe with 13th-ranked Alabama before falling late and dropped a heartbreaking contest to No. 14 East Carolina in the fi nal minutes to begin the season 0-2.

Tulane rebounded with consecutive wins over in-state school UL-Monroe and Conference USA rival SMU to improve to 2-2. However, devastating injuries began to mount beginning with the fi fth game of the year with the loss to Army, and TU did not crack the win column again. By the time the clock hit 0:00 in the season fi nale at Memphis, Tulane had lost 17 players to season-ending injuries and many other players were sidelined with nagging injuries as well.

Among the casualties was leading rusher André Anderson, who was named a Doak Walker Award candidate, and top receiver Jeremy Williams. The team's much-needed depth was gradually depleted over the course of the season and by the end of the year Tulane was relying on back-ups and true freshmen to fi ll in the holes alongside the remaining starters.

Despite the adverse season, Tulane placed a combined three players on the All-Conference USA First and Second Teams and offensive lineman Troy Kropog, who played in the Under Armour Senior Bowl and was drafted in the fourth round by the Tennessee Titans, while center Michael Parenton signed a free agent contract with the New York Jets.

Date  Opponent                Location            Tul/Opp  Score  Result  Attendance
S6    at Alabama              Tuscaloosa, Ala.     NR/13   6-20     L     92,138
S12   East Carolina*          New Orleans, La.     NR/14   24-28    L     27,189
S20   UL-Monroe               New Orleans, La.             24-10    W     23,419
S25   SMU*                    New Orleans, La.             34-27    W     25,643
O4    Army (TG)               New Orleans, La.             13-44    L     23,794
O11   at UTEP*                El Paso, Texas               21-24    L     33,121
O25   Rice*                   New Orleans, La.             17-42    L     17,841
N1    at LSU                  Baton Rouge, La.     NR/15   10-35    L     92,136
N8    at Houston*             Houston, Texas               14-42    L     23,522
N15   UAB*                    New Orleans, La.             24-41    L     18,614
N22   at Tulsa*               Tulsa, Okla.                 7-56     L     20,391
N29   at Memphis*             Memphis, Tenn.               6-45     L     15,012

2009 (3-9, 1-7 C-USA)
Head Coach: Bob Toledo

Despite an overall record of 3-9, the 2009 Green Wave football team will go down as the first squad to feature a 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard receiver in the same season and the season was highlighted with the most prolific freshman quarterback in school history.

The Tulane senior duo of running back André Anderson and receiver Jeremy Williams etched their names in the TU annals after Anderson, a Doak Walker candidate, ran for 1,016 yards, becoming the fourth back in school history to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing plateau in a single season, and Williams, a Fred Biletnikoff candidate, caught 84 passes for 1,113 yards, the fourth best effort in school history. Together, Anderson and Williams accounted for 17 touchdowns and 3,009 all-purpose yards.

Tulane changed quarterbacks at the midway point of the season and redshirt-freshman quarterback Ryan Griffin took over for Joe Kemp and finished 141-of-222 for 1,382 yards and nine touchdowns. Griffin's completions, attempts, passing yardage and touchdown totals were the most by a Tulane freshman in school history.

The Green Wave struggled to a 0-2 start with losses at home to Conference USA rival Tulsa and to No. 9 BYU, but the team rebounded with a victory over McNeese State and the following week at Army with a field goal in the final minutes for a thrilling come-from-behind victory.

Tulane returned home with a chance to get past the .500 mark, but a 31-10 loss to Marshall on homecoming was the start of a four-game skid. Tulane recorded its last win of the season in the home finale with a 45-38 decision over UTEP.

The Green Wave played its final three games of the season on the road and failed to crack the win column again.

Date  Opponent                Location            Tul/Opp  Score  Result  Attendance
S4    Tulsa*                  New Orleans, La.             13-37    L     27,638
S12   BYU                     New Orleans, La.             3-54     L     26,224
S26   McNeese State           New Orleans, La.             42-32    W     29,028
O3    at Army                 West Point, N.Y.             17-16    W     26,076
O10   Marshall*               New Orleans, La.             10-31    L     28,312
O17   Houston*                New Orleans, La.     NR/23   16-44    L     22,891
O24   at Southern Miss*       Hattiesburg, Miss.           6-43     L     30,541
O31   at LSU                  Baton Rouge, La.     NR/9    0-42     L     92,031
N7    UTEP* (OT)              New Orleans, La.             45-38    W     16,791
N14   at Rice*                Houston, Texas               20-28    L     14,728
N21   at UCF*                 Orlando, Fla.                0-49     L     31,390
N28   at SMU*                 Dallas, Texas                21-26    L     20,335
(TG) - at Tad Gormley Stadium